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Guideline Cuts Inappropriate Opioid Prescription
Temple University Researchers suggest that a guideline created by Temple University Hospital and Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus for prescribing opioids in order to maximize safety and avoid misuse appears to significantly decrease the rate of opioid prescribing for minor and chronic non-cancer pain complaints in an acute care setting.
Recently published reports show the immune system of spinal cord patients can be controlled using a family of therapeutic stem cells.
Electrostimulation is becoming a growing trend in medicine as researchers find new ways to help patients better manage their pain symptoms.
Readmissions are a concern and a dilemma for hospitals across the nation as the federal government docks facilities when patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. It has caused a surge in research about the causes of readmission and strategies to avoid them.
The number of opioid-related deaths nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2011 in the US; and while that number continues to increase, one state has made positive strides with the implementation of two initiatives.
With 259 million painkiller prescriptions written in 2012 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the most common side effects experienced by patients being treated for chronic pain is opioid-induced constipation (OIC).
It should be common knowledge that prescription opioids have addictive properties, yet alarming survey results reveal that many healthcare providers do not understand the extent to which this is the case.
A new opioid will soon be on the market now that final approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been confirmed.
The saying "it's all in your head" may not be that far off when it comes to pain, according to a new study measuring brain activity.

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